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Degrees from NCCU Atlanta campus valid

Posted September 23, 2008

— An accrediting agency said Tuesday that degrees awarded to 25 North Carolina Central University students who attended an unapproved satellite campus near Atlanta are valid.

Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, sent a letter to N.C. Central Chancellor Charlie Nelms, saying students who went to class at the satellite campus received a "comparable education" to those in Durham, so they earned their degrees.

The university opened the program on the campus of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., in 2004. It was run by the church's pastor, Eddie Long, who is a trustee of and large donor to the university.

The New Birth program was ended in June when SACS refused to authorize it.

University of North Carolina system officials have asked the State Auditor's Office to investigate the matter.

“We are certainly very pleased with the commission’s decision and what it means for those who have already completed their degrees,” Nelms said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with the commission, as well as with UNC system officials, in the coming weeks to bring further resolution to students in Georgia who are still in the process of completing their degree requirements.”


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  • Spartacus Sep 24, 2008

    This is wrong for so many reasons. Tax dollars paying for a 'church' college in Atlanta????

  • RTPMedic Sep 24, 2008

    My question is whether or not they paid in-state or out-of-state tuition and why NC education dollars were being spent on GA residents?

  • davidbh61255 Sep 24, 2008

    Perhaps Erskine could answer this better? Could ATL. be a popular destination for falculty junkets?

  • davidbh61255 Sep 24, 2008

    Why are we spending N.C. education money in GA.? They probably have more education money than we do! Right Govenor Easley?

  • mike275132 Sep 23, 2008

    What ever a NCCU degree is worth.

  • GWALLY Sep 23, 2008

    So what did you expect????

  • HappyGirl08 Sep 23, 2008

    So, if this campus in GA was unaccredited and had to be closed down, and those folks got degrees because their education was "comparable" to what they would have gotten in Durham, why is Central accredited again?

  • OrdinaryCitizen Sep 23, 2008

    Since Crystal graduated, then a degree from NCCU must be the truth!

  • bbad238 Sep 23, 2008

    So what good is SACS?

  • PaulRevere Sep 23, 2008

    Yeah, on paper.